A Ski and Travel Club in San Antonio, TX

Exciting Meetings

We meet every third Wednesday, August through April, at the Longhorn Cafe. We enjoy a meal and a program on topics such as the latest developments in ski equipment, mountain photography, and many more.

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Awesome Trips

Whether you’re a skier, boarder, or sightseer, you’ll love traveling with us! We trek to destinations both domestic and abroad, and occasionally enjoy adventures to destinations just a few miles away.

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Year Round Events

In addition to our meetings, we enjoy Happy Hour/Dineouts at favorite restaurants throughout the year. We welcome you to join us at any of these. Locations and dates are posted the month before the event.

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Community

When you go with CSB, you won’t be alone unless you want to be. We ski at all ability levels, so you always can find a pal to ski with! Our non-skiers have no trouble finding someone to enjoy an adventure with.

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Patagonia! October 17-26, 2018

Adventure with St. Bernards and Texas Ski Council!  The first departure date to spectacular Patagonia is scheduled for October 14, 2018. There may be more than one departure date depending on how many TSC participants we have. CSB will travel together on the same dates, expected to be Oct. 17-26.

Pre-trip to Easter Island (optional) is the first 3 nights of the trip.

Main trip is 8 days/7 nights beginning in Santiago where we spend 1 night. Then on to Patagonia. Torres del Paine – 2 nights.  El Calafate – 2 nights. The tour ends in Buenos Aires where we spend 2 nights.

Post trip (optional) is 2 nights in Mendoza.

The tour includes 16 meals, airport transfers, ground transportation, English speaking guides, porterage arrival and departure at all hotels and one large suitcase and one small carry on item.

The pricing is going to be tricky because it will be determined by the number of participants. The BASIC PRICE is $1699 including internal flights. Easter Island optional pre-trip $750. Mendoza optional post-trip $379. There will also be a fee for the add on air from San Antonio (TBD). Land only pricing is available

If Patagonia is on your bucket list….this is the trip for you!

Contact Jana Toy  [email protected] , Trip Leader

         or Christine Augustine [email protected] , CSB Travel Director

Prepared for Jana Toy by Christine Augustine

2018 Trips! Check them out!

2018 Trips!   Check them out!

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The following trips have been selected by the Texas Ski Council for 2018.

It’s time to start planning your dream trip with your ski and travel pals!

TSC Traditional:  Jan. 13-20, 2018   Steamboat Springs, CO:

                        Contact Cinnamon Mitchell: [email protected]  or                                           Alycen Lacombe: [email protected]

TSC Winter Expedition:  Jan 27 – Feb. 3   Cortina, Italy:  

                                Contact Christine Augustine:  [email protected]

TSC Winter Shootout:  Feb. 10-17, 2018   Beaver Creek, CO:

                          Contact Cindy Kopp:  210-386-9733   [email protected]

TSC Final Showdown:  Feb. 24- Mar 3, 2018 Park City, UT  

                          Contact Melissa Wight: [email protected]                                                                            or Lizzie Fisher:  [email protected]

                         TSC Summer Expedition:  October 17-26, 2018 Patagonia:  

                                    Contact:  Jana Toy:  [email protected]

TSC Traditional Trip: Steamboat Springs, CO January 13-20, 2018

Trip Leaders:

Alycen Lacombe, [email protected]

Cinnamon Mitchell, [email protected]

There is no better way to start off the 2018 ski season but with a trip to Steamboat, Colorado!!! This trip has been a TSC and club favorite for years!  Steamboat gets an average of 349” of snow a year.  Whether you are a never ever or an expert, this mountain has slopes for everyone.  There are 16 lift systems and 165 named trails; 14% beginner, 42% intermediate, and 44% advanced.  The longest run is over 3 miles!!!

We have nailed down all the details for you…

We are flying American Airlines out of San Antonio to DFW, then onward non-stop to Hayden.  It is only a 20 to 30 minute shuttle ride from airport to resort.

We are staying at the Phoenix at Steamboat.  The complex was newly renovated in 2012.  Each condo has its own laundry room, a gas fireplace, and complimentary wi-fi. There are 4 people per condo and the slopes are less than 250 yards away.  After an exhilarating day on the slopes you can enjoy the outdoor heated pool, 2 hot tubs, and a sauna.  The resort also offers a shuttle to the grocery store close by and to downtown Steamboat Springs.

The mountain offers so much for skiers and non-skiers.  There is night skiing, snowmobile and dog sled tours, snow shoeing, gondola rides, and much more.

TSC Winter Shootout: Beaver Creek, CO February 10-17, 2018

TSC Winter Shootout:  Beaver Creek, CO        February 10-17, 2018

Trip Leader: Cindy Kopp

210-386-9733 or [email protected]

Beaver Creek is a luxury ski resort owned and operated by Vail Resorts, with 1825 acres of terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders:  19% beginner, 43% intermediate and 38% advanced.  There are 25 ski lifts and 150 trails on 776 groomed acres.  With its Birds of Prey downhill course, Beaver Creek has regularly hosted world cup ski races in early December.  Because of small differences in the microclimate it typically gets even more deep dry snow than its sister resort Vail, which is located about 8 miles away.  Beaver Creek is good for beginners, intermediates, bump skiers, highspeed carvers, spa fans and foodies.

The village has a European atmosphere, and there are heated sidewalks so visitors never have to walk around town in the snow.  Escalators are placed throughout the village so visitors don’t have to climb up and down stairs in ski boots. There is free on-demand shuttle service throughout the resort, and chocolate chip cookies are free at 3pm each afternoon!

The Charter condominium where you will be staying, is in the heart of Beaver Creek resort with ski in/ski out access, and within walking distance to Beaver Creek Village.

For those skiers and sightseers who like variety, there is a bus that goes to Vail, and lift tickets for three or more days can be used at both Beaver Creek and Vail.

Stay at Beaver Creek with your friends in Club St. Bernard, and have fun skiing while enjoying the benefits of the group travel discounts through the Texas Ski Council.   Because the travel and lodging arrangements are made for you, you can relax and enjoy the quaint village.

TSC Final Showdown: Park City, UT February 24 – March 3, 2018

TSC Final Showdown:   Park City, UT      February 24 – March 3, 2018

Trip Leaders:

Melissa Wight, [email protected] or 210-381-5139

Lizzie Fisher, [email protected]

Enjoying this exhausting heat wave?  One way to deal with it is to envision yourself in beautiful Park City!  Plan to join us on this fabulous trip.  We only have 22 slots, so it’s best to sign up early and claim yours!  We’re still waiting to confirm the air, so the price isn’t yet set. 

We’ll have 3 mountains to choose from for skiing!  There’s Park City, of course, and you can also ski Deer Valley (sorry, no snowboarding there) and The Canyons.  Choices for everyone! 

Park City has a wide variety of skiing available from easy greens to eight deep powder bowls :  something for everyone.  With 3,300 skiable acres, you shouldn’t have trouble finding slopes you like.  And in case Mother Nature slacks in producing the area’s infamously perfect powder, they have a state-of-the-art snowmaking system that guarantees a fabulous skiing.

Deer Valley boasts an average of 300 inches of light, dry Utah powder annually!  They too have a wide variety of terrain, though there is more intermediate than other.  The Canyons has eight separate mountains and the most ski runs in Utah, with over 3,500 skiable acres, over 3,100 vertical feet.  They also have a wide variety of runs from open ski trails to gladed backcountry.

The town of Park City has hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs to keep you occupied when you aren’t skiing.  Historic Main Street has a unique charm that originates from its flamboyant mining town days, and the nightlife consistently ranks among the top of the nation’s ski resorts.

Not a skier?  You can visit a mine, ride the zip line or the Alpine Coaster, take a snowmobiling tour, try tubing, ride in a hot-air balloon and even try your hand at fly-fishing!  Yes, they have fishing trips in the winter.

Want something more cultural?  No problem!  There are art galleries, theaters (both movie and live), and an Air Force museum, too!  So no matter what your like to do, you’ll be able to find something that tickles your fancy.  Make sure you sign up early for this trip as it’s likely to sell out.  Please let me know that you’re interested!  For more information, contact Melissa Wight or Lizzie.

Trip “Tails” from Alaska!

Trip “Tails” from Alaska!

This land and sea venture for St. Bernard began with everyone arranging their own air so they could arrive early and spend some time in Vancouver, Canada.  Our ship, the Star Princess, left Vancouver on Saturday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m. and the view from the ship was breathtaking.  The Canadian coastline is so beautiful.

That afternoon and evening we spent finding our way around the ship.  The first full day at sea was rough with large waves and high winds.  There were times when we left our cabin that we walked from side to side as if we had been spending our day at the bar.

On the second day we docked in Ketchikan Alaska.  In spite of light rain, we made our way to the tourist attractions and shops. Joanna and her friend Dee, from Utah, took the “Duck Tour” of Ketchikan.  This is a yellow vehicle that travels on the road or in the water!

The third day was spent in Juneau, capitol of Alaska.  You can only access Juneau is by boat or plane.  It sits at the edge of a mountain range with steep streets and beautiful scenery. The shopping was great and Betty Ann found two beautiful rings. Joanna, Dee, Stephanie and Adrianne went on a whale-watching trip and visited the impressive Mendenhall Glacier. 

Our fourth day in Skagway was a hit for all.  Great shopping and exceptional excursions took us in several directions.  Stephanie and Adrienne took a train trip to the Yukon in Canada and ended their day at the wonderful Jewell Gardens Restaurant in Skagway.  Joanna and Dee Dee went to a show titled the “Days of 1898” and really enjoyed it, then did some shopping.  My sister, Donna, and I took separate excursions that day.  She went on a hiking and rafting trip that ended in an unexpected way.  They were climbing a mountain on the hike and her walking stick slipped causing her to fall forward on a sharp rock.  This called for a trip to the clinic in Skagway and five stitches on her right index finger.  It has healed nicely since then, but her finger had to remain in a splint for two weeks.  

Kip, Betty Ann and I took a trip to the Jewel Gardens and Glass Blowing Center in Skagway.  It was extremely interesting and we learned a lot about the history of Skagway and the technique for blowing glass.  Our guide was well versed on the plants in the garden and the demonstration by the glass blowing staff was very impressive.

The fifth and sixth day were spent in scenic cruising on Glacier Bay and College Fjord.  On the morning of the seventh day we woke up in Wittier, Alaska and boarded the train for Denali National Park at 7:30 a.m.  The Alaskan Railroad has one track running from Wittier to Denali so the trip took eight hours.  The rail car was very nice with upstairs seating that offered a wonderful view of all the Alaska sights.  There was a bar in each car and a dining room on the lower lever.  When the Conductor visited our car, he explained that we were averaging 38 miles per hour and since it was the last week for tourists, most of the trains were headed for Wittier or Anchorage.  In any event, we pulled over on a side track frequently, but got a GOOD look at the Alaska scenery.

The next two days were spent at the Denali Wilderness Lodge and the Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge.  Donna and Joanna took a nature walk while we were in Denali and the rest of the group acted like tourists.  The food in their restaurants was outstanding and the St. Bernard group ate like champions: (knowing we would pay when we got home).  Adrianne had the best recovery plan—she leaves for Croatia three weeks after our trip and will be doing a lot of hiking while she is there.

The next leg of our journey took us to Anchorage where we stayed in the Captain Hook Hotel which was exceptional.  When Kip got his luggage that had been sent ahead of us when we arrived in Alaska, he discovered that his largest bag had suffered a very difficult trip.  Three of the wheels were missing and it was totaled.  I learned he was reimbursed for the damage after he arrived home. 

We continued to see the sights and shop until day ten of our trip.  We had to check out of the hotel by noon and four of us had a flight at 11:55 p.m. that evening.  But we were resourceful and found interesting ventures in the city.  We took a trolley ride all over Anchorage that was very interesting and then went to the Federal Building and watched movies about Alaska.  Most of us knew little about the earthquake that hit Alaska in 1964.  (I was in college and an airhead).  The earthquake was a 9.3 on the Rector Scale and the worst one to every occur in the US.

This trip was really wonderful and all of our group enjoyed it a great deal!

2018 Trip Lineup!

The following trips have been selected by the Texas Ski Council. It’s time to start planning your dream trip with your ski and travel pals!

TSC Traditional: Jan. 13-20, 2018
Steamboat Springs, CO
Contact Cinnamon Mitchell: [email protected]
or Alycen Lacombe: [email protected]

TSC Winter Expedition: Jan 27 - Feb. 3
Cortina, Italy
Contact Christine Augustine: [email protected]

TSC Winter Shootout: Feb. 10-17, 2018
Beaver Creek, CO
Contact Cindy Kopp: 210-386-9733 [email protected]

TSC Final Showdown: Feb. 24- Mar 3, 2018 Park City, UT
Contact Melissa Wight: [email protected]
or Lizzie Fisher: [email protected]

TSC Summer Expedition: October 17-26, 2018
Patagonia
Contact: Jana Toy: [email protected] 210-884-6572

Happy Holidays Party! Dec. 2

Come and celebrate the Holidays with us! This is a members-only annual event. We'll gather at a member's home for an evening of food and merriment. In lieu of a gift exchange, we'll bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Pantry. Check your email for your invitation. Remember, you absolutely must RSVP to attend!

First General Meeting of 2018: Wednesday, Jan. 17

Come to the Longhorn Cafe, 17625 Blanco Rd., on Wednesday, Jan. 17, for an exciting program and trip updates.

Come early to order food and visit! The meeting starts at 7:00 in the party room.

Bring friends who might enjoy traveling/skiing with us, and if you're just interested in getting to know us, we welcome visitors and prospective members!

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